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Playing catch up: Rugby’s McClintock sits in first with 66, Jahner back in third with 71

Submitted Photo Dickinson Trinity sophomore Willy Jahner sinks a putt during the North Dakota Class B state tournament at Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo.

FARGO — Course conditions were ideal for low scores at the North Dakota Class B boys golf meet Tuesday, and a pair of seniors from Rugby and Rolette took full advantage.

Rugby’s Jack McClintock shot a 5-under 66 to take the Day 1 lead at Fargo’s Rose Creek golf course. Defending state medalist Nick Myhre finished with a 3-under 68 for Northern Lights — a co-op of Rolla, Rolette and St. John.

“I was a little up and down on the front nine,” McClintock said. “My putter started to get hot on the back nine and I played pretty steady after that. I was hitting a lot of greens and fairways.”

McClintock and Myhre each shot a par-36 on the first nine holes.

“I felt like I could have made a few more putts,” said Myhre, who is signed to play golf for North Dakota State. “I was a little shaky on the front nine holes, but I got my shots together and I started to drop a few putts, which really helped my score.”

Myhre will have to get past McClintock in order to become the first back-to-back medalist since Griggs County Central’s Jayme Gronneberg won titles in 1996 and 1997.

“I’m excited to play the final round (today) and see how low I can go,” Myhre said.

Still in the mix is sophomore Willy Jahner from Dickinson Trinity, who sits in a tie for third after shooting a 72 on the day.

“I was hitting some good shots on my wedges and I felt really comfortable with those,” Jahner said. “I hit a few putts, but I left a few shots on the course.”

After finishing tied for sixth as a freshman at last year’s state tournament, Jahner will look for a solid performance today in order to stay in contention for his first state title.

He acknowledged, however, it wouldn’t be an easy task. Jahner still has to play catch up to the two seniors.

“They are all great golfers,” Jahner said of the top group. “I’m going to have to put up a low score to catch them.”

McClintock carded a 5-under 30 on the final nine holes to claim the lead. His back nine started with back-to-back birdies on holes 10 and 11. McClintock followed up with an eagle on Hole 12 and later scored a birdie on Hole 16.

“I just have to come out to the course (today) with a clean slate,” McClintock said. “I need to forget about the two-shot lead and just try to play well.”

In the team race, Northern Lights holds a two-shot lead over Rugby after Day 1. Fargo Oak Grove is four shots behind in fourth place.

“I think we are where we want to be,” said Oak Grove senior Nick Card, who finished with a 3-over 74. “We’ll have to see what happens in the final round.”

Hunter Braaten of Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn and Willy Jahner of Dickinson Trinity each shot an even-par 71 and are tied for third.

Jake Preston and Austin Reed of Hillsboro-Central Valley are in fifth and sixth place respectively. Kindred’s Riley Holland is tied with Card for seventh place at 74.

Team scores: Northern Lights 308, Rugby 310, Dickinson Trinity 311, Fargo Oak Grove 312, Hillsboro-Central Valley 314, Central Cass 316, Heart River 326, Tioga 327, Beulah 329, South Border 333, Park River Area 343, Watford City 343, Hatton-Northwood-Thompson 344, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 356, Larimore 359, Kenmar 360, Minot Our Redeemers 380, Linton 384.

Top 10 scores: 1, McClintock, R, 66. 2, Myhre, NL, 68. 3 (tie), Braaten, W-N-G and Jahner, DT, 71. 5, Preston, H-CV, 72. 6, Reed, H-CV, 73. 7 (tie) Card, OG, Holland, Kindred and Ross, Lewis and Clark, 74. 10 (tie) Miller, R, McLaughlin, Lidgerwood-Hankinson-FCT, Ma. Rueb, South Border, Fifer, TIO, Miller, Heart River 75.

Other finishers

Northern Lights: Poitra 76, Cahill 80, Langen 84, Julson 87, Peterson 95.

Rugby: Fossum 83, Hershey 86, Haakenson 88, Jacobson 86.

Dickinson Trinity: Frieske 80, D. Pokorny 80, K. Pokorny 80, Lee 82.

Fargo Oak Grove: Hill 77, Johnson 80, Kretchman 81, Bakkegard 84, Dangerfield 87.

Hillsboro-Central Valley: N. Preston 83, Meyer 86, Waters 88, Kozojed 96.

Central Cass: Rieniets 76, J. Geritz 79. Roesler 79, Rehovsky 82, A. Geritz 85, Nelson 89.

Heart River: Wagner 79, Ta. Jacobson 84, Tr. Jacobson 88, Ewoniuk 89. Zarak 96.

Tioga: Longie, 78, Valliere, 85, Moe 89, Holte 95, Larson 112.

Beulah: Candrian 78, Morris 79, Schmidt 84, H. Schroetlin 88, A. Schroetlin 97, Swenson 99.

South Border: Lippert 85, Kretchmar 85, Knoll 88, Mi. Rueb 97, Meidinger 101.

Park River Area: Arendt 77, Rehovsky 83, Brouillard 87, Ruzicka 96, Johnson 98, Nelson 110.

Watford City: Maki 84, Liebel 84, Villanueva 87, Dunn, 88, Johnson 90, Knutson 91.

Hatton-Northwood-Thompson: O. Knutson 78, C. Knutson 81, H. Praska 91, Peterson 94, D. Praska 95, Konschak 96.

Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter: T. Fettig, 80, B. Jangula, 88, B. Fettig 92, J. Fettig 96. Mosser 97, J. Jangula 109.

Larimore: Verkuehlen 81, Smith 91, Thorsell 92, Moen 95, Holter 99, Moser 99.

Kenmare: Harris 76. Ky. Melby 90, Ki. Melby 93, St. Croix 101, Mau 114.

Minot Our Redeemers: Thomas 86, Jacobson 94, Mehloff 99, Borud 101, Keller 101, Peterson 107.

Linton: Hulm 90, Nagel 97, Vanderlaan 98, Oien 99, Schlosser 100, Ferderer 108.

HWC: Knudtson 79.

Kindred: Pulczinski 77.

Velva: Anderson 81.

Drayton: Schumacher 84.

Bottineau: Amsbaugh 85.

North Star: Wentz 85.

Lidgerwood-Hankisnon-FCT: Stein 83.

Mott-Regent: Kautzman 86.

Sargent Central: Bergh 79, Wyum 94

Garrison: Ruhland 104.

Stanley: Lee 90, Hetzel 81.

Lisbon: Nelson 85, Saxerud 97.

Tom Mix

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high school sports reporter. He's worked at The Forum for five years. He was the 2013 North Dakota sportswriter of the year, an award that is sponsored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to letters@forumcomm.com  

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